Congratulations 2022 1st Place Winners

Fiction – Selected by Ron Rash
This Picture of Your House – Dustin M. Hoffman

Poetry – Selected by Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs
The Peony – Amie Whittemore

Nonfiction – Selected by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
In Varanasi – Karen McElmurray

Flash – Selected by Tara Campbell
The Damage – Amber Wheeler Bacon

2022 Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists


1st Place: This Picture of Your House – Dustin M. Hoffman
2nd Place: Breath in the Body – Pamela Wright
3rd Place: Who Kills Bugs for the Dalai Lama – Janna Zonder

Honorable Mentions:

Hallelujah By and By – Pamela Wright
New Brunswick Enigma – Maryann Hopper


Another Time Could Be Different – Amber Wheeler Bacon
Devil’s Footprint On My Chin – Mary Alice Dixon


1st Place: The Peony – Amie Whittemore
2nd Place: Imagine Me – Junious Ward
3rd Place: Find a Friend – AE Hines

Honorable Mentions

If No One Opens Us, We’ll Thirst – Amie Whittemore
The Birds of Lake Norman – Shannon Ward
Her Name Was Theosa – Cynthia Young
The Last Exxon in Oregon – Steve Cushman


Birch Tree Summer – Tennessee Hill
In the year of our Lord, 1621, my husband paints me as a nun – Jenny Hubbard
Last Night I Made Love with a Horse – Barbara Campbell
La Chambre d’écoute, 1952 – Richard Allen Taylor
Love as an Object Lesson, Cornfield – Junious Ward
The Opposite of Charleston is Pittsburgh – Yvette R. Murray
Patriots – Wayne Johns
pixie – Sara Beck
The southern hemisphere of longing and regret – Phelps Pond
Spring, Morning – Barry Peters


1st Place: In Varanasi – Karen McElmurray
2nd Place: When Organ Becomes Metaphor – Tracy R. Lynch
3rd Place: Lucas – Matt Cheek


Hattie Mae’s Harvest – Lori Johnson
The Perfect Lamp – Ashley Memory
Ronald Reagan Made Me Do It – Toni Bellon
What I Know About Death So Far – Suzanne Adams
The Special Recipe for Making Babies – Kara Zajac


1st Place: The Damage – Amber Wheeler Bacon
2nd Place: Lesbian Communion – Kacie Kress
3rd Place: Troubles No More – Michael Banks

Honorable Mentions

General Sorrows – Amber Wheeler Bacon
Going Home – David Dixon


Exit Wound – Rebecca Jones
Off – On – Mark Mayer
On – Off – Mark Mayer

About the 2022 Lit/South Awards & Litmosphere Journal

Charlotte Lit received over 450 submissions to our inaugural Lit/South Awards. Current and past residents  North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia were invited to enter their work into four categories (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash) for a share of $10,000 in prizes plus publication. The 2022 prizes in each category are:

First Place: $1,500
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Honorable Mention: $50

All prize-winning entries including honorable mentions were published in the Spring 2022 issue of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit, alongside the works of our judges, Ron Rash, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Tara Campbell.

To order one or more copies of Litmosphere Issue 1 — $15, shipped — go here.